Former Indian captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has achieved so much in his life, whether it was leading team India or being the chief of BCCI. Last year Ganguly was appointed as BCCI chief, now as Shashank Manohar has stepped down from the post of ICC chairman, Ganguly’s name has started doing for rounds Chairman’s post.
Quite a big fan of Dada, says former Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said, “I think Sourav definitely can make that change. Quite a big fan of Dada not just because of his stature as a cricketer but I think he has a very astute cricket brain. He has the best interests of the game at heart and that should not change just because you are the BCCI president or the ECB or SLC or any other cricket board when you are at the ICC.”
He added, “Your mindset should be truly international and not just constrained by partisanship in terms of where I come from — am I Indian, Sri Lankan or Australia or English but understand ‘yes I am a cricketer and what I am doing is what is best for all cricketing countries.”
“Most importantly, the foundation of this game is children, fans, and spectators around the world. I think Sourav can do that very, very well. I have seen his work even before he took over as the BCCI president, even before administration and coaching, and how he has built relationships with players around the world, his standing in the MCC cricket committee. I do not doubt that Sourav will be a very, very suitable candidate to do just that,” Sangakkara told India Today.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) director of Cricket Graeme Smith also wants Sourav Ganguly to take over ICC chairmanship in this tough period for cricket.
Smith told reporters, “From our perspective, it would be great to see a cricket man like Sourav Ganguly may be getting into the President’s role of the ICC.
He added, “I think that will be good for the game; I think it will be good for the modern game as well. He understands it; he has played it at the highest level; he is respected, and his leadership will be key to us going forward.”